National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education - Two Year (CAE2Y)
(1a.) Shared Curriculum/Shared Faculty
Northeast Alabama Community College offers Computer Information Systems (CIS) courses as dual enrollment/dual credit to area high school students, enriching the high school curriculum and accelerating the students’ college career.
Links to various learning objects are provided on the NACC Center for Information Assurance (CIA) website.
NACC instructors serve on the statewide curriculum development committee for the Alabama Community College System, which includes all the two-year colleges in Alabama.
NACC is part of a consortium of colleges which plans to develop a number of cybersecurity learning objects to be posted online for use by colleges, high schools and universities.
Northeast Alabama Community College is a member of the Tennessee Valley Cyber Education and Economic Development Initiative. NACC has a very successful Information Assurance program that has received recognition from many in local, state and federal government agencies along with strong business, industry and community support. Several agencies have written letters of recognition and support for our Center for Information Assurance (CIA). Some have been guest speakers on campus and at cybersecurity events NACC has participated in.
(1b.) IA/Cybersecurity practitioners
Adjunct CIS instructor, Robert Griffin, is an industry professional who teaches cybersecurity classes at night.
STEM Speakers Forum featured Jim Simon, CEO of Intelligence Enterprises LLC (formerly US Army, CIA, Microsoft)
Ethical hacking demo by Scott Busby, Security Analyst for Sharp Communication/BizComm
NACC staff and students (presidential hosts) worked at the 6th Annual North Alabama Cyber Security Summit in Huntsville in June. After assisting with registration, students were allowed to participate in conference activities.
(1c.) Articulation Agreements - Four Year Institutions
Alabama utilizes the Statewide Transfer/Articulation Reporting System (STARS), which provides for seamless transfer of credit between Alabama’s public community colleges and the state’s public universities. Established by the Alabama Legislature to assure transferability among the state’s public institutions, STARS provides NACC cybersecurity students with transfer guides for each Alabama university. Sample guides are available here: Jacksonville State University, University of Alabama - Huntsville
A consortium of institutions that includes Northeast Alabama Community College, Calhoun Community College, Snead State Community College, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Jacksonville State University is working on the articulation of additional, specific cybersecurity courses from the community college to the university.
Memoranda of Understanding with each of the four school districts (encompassing 16 high schools and two technical schools) which we serve: Dekalb County, Scottsboro City, Jackson County and Fort Payne City.
Agreements with High Schools
(1e.) Cybersecurity/IA Competitions
The college serves as the Northeast Region host for the Alabama Council for Technology in Education (ACTE) competition, in which students compete in a variety of technology areas. While not solely cybersecurity oriented, the competition is heavily IT-oriented and students may enter projects about IA/CD.
Instructors have registered as volunteers for the CyberPatriot competition.
(1f.) Community Outreach
Cybersecurity Lunch and Learn held April 17 for local industry, featuring Rebecca Falcon of BOLDLogic, Scott Busby of BizComm, Amy Hill Nation of Wilmer & Lee, P.A., and Terry Dumer of A.G.D. Insurance.
NACC’s Summer STEM Experience focuses on entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and robotics and serves students in grades 6-12. Various career options are discussed, including Information Technology (IT) careers.
The college’s Plus 50 program provides individuals 50 years of age and older with free computer literacy classes, which include an information assurance component.
A group of cybersecurity industry professionals presented “Cyber Risk and Mitigation in the Workplace” at the 11th Annual Northeast Alabama Human Resources & Manufacturing Conference on August 7, 2014.
The college has secured booths at upcoming events in each of the counties within the college’s service area (Career Exploration Expo in Jackson County and Made in DeKalb Expo in DeKalb County) to promote IA/CD careers to students who attend and to promote IA precautions to companies and individuals who attend.